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Ophiocoma echinata (black brittle star)

Synonyms: Ophiocoma crassispina; Ophiocoma tumida; Ophiura crassispina; Ophiura echinata

Wikipedia Abstract

Ophiocoma echinata, the spiny ophiocoma, is a species of brittle star belonging to the family Ophiocomidae. It is the type species of the genus Ophiocoma and is found in the tropical west Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
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Nocturnal [1]  Yes
Water Biome [1]  Reef, Coastal
Diet [1]  Omnivore, Planktivore, Detritivore

Prey / Diet


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Burger's Zoo
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Rotterdam Zoo

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Food Habits of Reef Fishes of the West Indies, John E. Randall, Stud. Trop. Oceanogr. 5, 665–847 (1967)
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